Can fibromyalgia put me at a higher risk for diabetes?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic medical condition affecting 2-4% of the population, and most commonly affects adult females.  Symptoms can include, but are not limited to, widespread muscle pain, fatigue and difficulty sleeping.  There are no blood tests or radiology studies used to diagnose fibromyalgia; however, patients can be diagnosed by the presence of symptoms and an accurate physical examination.  Diabetes, on the other hand, is a metabolic disease of elevated blood glucose.  In general, obesity puts a person at a higher risk for developing diabetes later in life.  There is no known connection between fibromyalgia and the risk of developing diabetes; however, it would be possible for an individual to have both conditions at the same time.  Symptoms of late onset diabetes include feeling thirty, urinating frequently and fatigue.  Unlike fibromyalgia, your doctor can perform blood tests, which can help diagnose diabetes.  A very small Turkish study from January of 2011 did find that female patients with late onset diabetes had higher rates of fibromyalgia.  But this was a very small study and cannot be used to formally connect these two medical conditions. 

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